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vivo Announces Winning Creations in VISION+ Mobile PhotoAwards 2021

VISION+ Mobile PhotoAwards 2021: Winning Creations

vivo and partner, National Geographic, has officially wrapped up VISION+ Mobile PhotoAwards 2021, a competition to encourage participants to depict the humanistic view in the mobile imaging era by recording the current moments and appreciate the everyday life.

The competition has been starting in June 2021 and has received a total of 384,878 photos from over 10,000 contestants from more than 40 countries and regions. vivo was glad to report the submissions solicited were 185% more than those of last session, and the countries covered increased from 9 countries last session to more than 40 countries now.

Following the strict appraisal by the jury, 30 creations, including collections of photographs and single photos, stood out. Contestants Wang Xu, Lin Mindong and Li Ganyi were awarded the “Photographer of the Year” title in the Professional Group, Open Group and Youth Group respectively with their photos “Free Clinic on the Plateau”, “Beachcomber” and “Geometry Around You”.

Spark Ni, Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer of vivo said: “VISION+ Mobile PhotoAwards enables us to see every daily fragments and important historical moments captured by the passionate photographers from all over the world. These photos depict the ‘Joy of Humanity’ in their eyes, fully demonstrate the charm of photography to more ordinary people and encourage more people to start their own life recording journey. vivo will continue to improve its capability of human-centric professional photography while further deepening the partnership with ZEISS, our global imaging strategic partner, as to empower the era of ‘everyone is a creator’ enabled by technology.”

Upgraded Mechanism to Seek More Users to Participate in Mobile Photographing

In order to hold a more professional, authoritative mobile photography competition, the VISION+ Mobile PhotoAwards invited six internationally-acclaimed photography experts and academics from diverse disciplines: Martin Parr, Documentary Photographer; Jonas Bendiksen, Documentary Photographer; Xiao Quan, Portrait Photographer; Laura Serani, Photography Curator, Les Rencontres d’Arles; Bertram Hoenlinger, ZEISS Expert for Photography; and Michael George, Photo Consultant, National Geographic. They appraised the works from their respective angles and made meticulous remarks and photography guidance for the contestants. Regarding the awarding mechanism, vivo will provide more exposure support for the winners in addition to cash prizes, so that more mobile photography works can be recognised by the professional circle and public audience.

Profound Conception for Works Combining Daily and Social Attributes 

The VISION+ Mobile PhotoAwards 2021 underscored the attention on the times and social issues, and the observation on the surrounding life and individuals. Driven by such vision, this session set up three major groups – Professional Group, Open Group and Youth Group, and ten categories. 

The Professional Group includes three categories, “News-Events”, “Creative”, and “Documentary Project”. The “News-Events” category received a host of report works on the significant moments of the times with documentary significance. 

The first place under the “News-Events” category “Bus in the Flood” by Shang Huage, a team member of China Xiamen Dawn Emergency Rescue Team whose place of domicile is Henan, recorded how a forklift was used as a traffic vehicle to rescue the local citizens of Zhengzhou in the rainstorm period. “The meaning of photography is about objectively recording such stories and touching moments. It enables us to see our world from an objective perspective and enhance our awareness of protecting the planet that we all rely on. The photographer took a low angle to include the flooding water in the frame. The people crowding on the forklift are raised up high, which symbolises respects and praises for the mankind,” commented the jury member Xiao Quan.

The “Documentary Project” category expects photographers to complete a set of narrative photos with long-term attention to and exploration into a subject. The Category 1st Place “Free Clinic on the Plateau” by Wang Xu, who is also the “Photographer of the Year”, recorded what he saw and felt during the free clinics with doctors in Ganzi Prefecture, Sichuan as a volunteer of the charity institution. 

Through the camera of vivo X60 Pro+, the mindset and facial expressions of herdsmen and children in the plateau area are depicted meticulously – the trust between doctors and patients, anxiety during the waiting, and meaningful glance with hope convey the power of photography. “This series employs a lens of empathy that comes through in every moment the photographer has captured. Their framing of the subjects often feels like an embrace, emphasising the care that is being witnessed,” said jury member Michael George (Photo Consultant, National Geographic).

Comprising six categories – “Life”, “Nature”, “Portrait”, “Night”, “Sports” and “Place”, the Open Group encourages every ordinary user to record and show the beauty of his/her everyday life, emotions, and memories. The contestants captured the affection of family reunion, long-lost friends, magnificent scenery, places, and spaces with their exclusive memories. These narrative photographing works splice the life scenes in the different parts of the world.

Lin Mindong, “Photographer of the Year” in the Open Group, decided to shoot a host of beachcombers living on the sea. In the strong contrast of black and white, the whole picture filled with powerful composition shows the focus of the beachcombers silently but strongly. 

The jury member Laura Serani commented this photo as “perfect and faithful framing of a moment of traditional fishing” and recognised the advantage of smartphone photographing is it “allows you to approach the subjects to be photographed in all discretion”. This photo won the 1st Place in the “Life” category.

The 1st Place in the “Portrait” category is Kyaw Kyaw Winn from Burma. His work “Look” captured a close-up of a family during the pandemic. Two kids seemed to be solidified in the time and space at a table with inverted reflection. The jury member Jonas Bendiksen (Documentary Photographer) commented, “the photographer captures both joy and frustration in one image.” Another jury member Michael George also remarked, “The tight crop of this image makes the gaze of the young ones that much more piercing.” Strong emotion and tension can be felt from the static image.

As for the Youth Group, the 1st place in the “Around Me” Category is “Geometry Around You” by Li Ganyi. The creator demonstrated the unique visual aesthetics in daily life with reflections on the interesting composition in the everyday scenes. The convenience and flexibility of the smartphone enabled him to make flexible use of perspectives and light and shadow. The jury member Bertram Hoenlinger (ZEISS Expert for Photography) said he felt the professional ambitions of this young photographer from the fine series.

Next Chapter of Ultimate Mobile Photography Experience

From grand narrative to the everyday life of ordinary people, photos are a global communication language that has a unique power to preserve the fleeting scenes as the most crucial evidence to our memory.

vivo is committed to encourage more people to engage in this dialogue. It has recently launched its X70 series of professional photography flagship smartphones, which marks the next chapter in its global imaging partnership with ZEISS and their joint pursuit of creating the ultimate mobile photography experience. 

Priced from RM2,499, the vivo X70 series packed with lenses that are certified compliant with the ZEISS T* coating, enables users to capture or record remarkably natural-looking photographs or videos. 

Moving forward, vivo will continue to be committed in driving innovation and R&D of human-centric professional photography. Complemented by vivo ZEISS Co-engineered Imaging System and self-designed imaging chip, vivo will deliver a photographing experience better meeting the real needs of users, and work with every creator to push the boundary of mobile photography and create the humanistic imaging view of the current moments.

Credited to vivo

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